Our mission is to refine the apartment living experience by providing exceptional customer service, hospitality, and comfortable places to call home.

Our Commitment:

We always do what we say we're going to do.

We treat others like we'd like to be treated.

We take pride in our work.

JEFF GAINES - Managing Director


Bio for Jeff GainesJeff Gaines grew up in Woodland Hills, CA, and moved south to Newport Beach, CA, and La Jolla, CA, during his high school years before finishing up his schooling in Tempe, AZ, at Arizona State University (ASU) earning a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a minor in Business in 1997. Immediately following college, Jeff began working for a private construction firm based in Riverside, CA, who's customers were some of this nations largest home developers, working his way up from a Sales Associate to Sales Manager in a short amount of time. In 1998, Jeff was given the opportunity to open up a new showroom and office in San Diego County. Over the course of 5 years, Jeff learned what it takes to run a business, tackling all aspects of it head on, while ensuring the customer was given a 5 star experience. In early 2002, Jeff met with Don and Pam Gaines (his parents and founders of GIT) and discussed the opportunity of taking over the daily operations of GIT from his parents and to begin forming a succession plan for the family company. Then on his birthday in May 2002, Jeff joined GIT as the VP of Operations. Eight years later, in 2010, Jeff was promoted to the Managing Director of GIT, taking full responsibility for running the day to day operations of the Company and aggressively searching for real estate investments around the country. During his tenure the company rapidly expanded purchasing several hundred million dollars in real estate in AZ, NV, TX, and OK, concentrating on its core business of buying well located apartment buildings, amassing one of the most sought after private real estate portfolios in the country. Jeff is married to Robin Gaines and has two children, Gavin and Katie.


DON GAINES - Director


Bio for Don GainesDon founded Gaines Investment Trust in 1966. His vision continues to guide the growth of the company. Learn more about Don and the history of Gaines Investment Trust here.



PAM GAINES - Director


Bio for Pam GainesPam continues to play an integral role in acquisitions. Her goal is to provide all employees with satisfying careers, and all customers with comfortable places to call home. Learn more about Pam and the history of Gaines Investmet Trust here.

ROBIN GAINES - Director of Corporate Relations

Bio for Robin GainesRobin grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and always knew she wanted a warm climate for her college experience so she wound up attending Arizona State University, ultimately earning a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 1997. Robin’s first job out of college was with a recruiting firm that specialized in office & clerical staffing in San Diego and Orange County. During this time, Robin studied for and obtained her Real Estate Sales Person’s License and decided to join Prudential Real Estate and sell homes. She worked independently for her first year and earned the "Rookie Of The Year” award at Prudential but later joined forces with the number one agent by volume in San Diego as his sole Buyers Agent, then later being promoted to the Listing and Marketing Manager; helping close 375 homes on average, annually. After taking some time off to have children, Robin joined GIT and has held down various roles centered around marketing, HR, recruiting and asset management. Today, Robin is the Director of Corporate Relations where she spends her time speaking with the employees of GIT, administering Skype sessions with the onsite teams and speaking with employees one-on-one to recognize their commitment to GIT and significant milestones along the way. Robin is married to Jeff Gaines and together they have two children, Gavin and Katie.

DON STRATFORD - Executive Vice President

Don Stratford, Chief Financial OfficerDon's "Big Four" CPA background was the launching point for his career in real estate investment management that includes eight years of corporate controller and over 12 years of CFO experience. Don is responsible for financing, accounting & reporting, cash management, Yardi systems, tax compliance & planning, insurance administration and special projects for all Gaines investments.

TRACIE WATT - Regional Manager - Texas


Tracie Watt, CAM, CAPS has been in the multi-family industry for over 30 years. She has been with Gaines Investment Trust for 2 ½ years and was recently promoted to Regional Manager in our Dallas Region. Previously, Tracie worked 7 years with Milestone Management both on a corporate level as well as on the onsite level for a multi-faceted exposure to the all aspects of the industry. She is experienced in all areas of community management, and brings a particular expertise in team building to GIT. Tracie and her husband Rod, have been married for 22 years.  She has a son who is attending Texas Tech University and a daughter who is attending high school. She enjoys her two dogs (Sassy & Hollie) and spending quality time with her twin sister, older sister, family and friends.

KARY SIEGFRIED - Treasury/Operations Audit Manager

Kary Siegfried, Treasury/Operations Audit ManagerMrs. Siegfried has been with Gaines Investment Trust for over twenty years and has been involved with various aspects of accounting and property management. She is the "Jill of all Trades" on the Gaines Team. Currently, her primary responsibility is treasury management.

TERRY PHILLIPS - Regional Manager - Texas

Terry Phillips, CPM has been in the property management business for more than 30 years.  Prior to joining Gaines Investment Trust, she served as a Senior Vice President at Fairfield Residential and previously worked for AMLI Residential and Gables Residential as a Vice President. Terry received her education at Texas A&M University Commerce. She also holds a CPM designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and a Texas Real Estate License. Terry and her husband Bob, who is a retired Firefighter, reside in Fort Worth with their two miniature Dachshunds, Sassy and Bella.

DUDLEY WAS - Controller & Yardi Administrator

Dudley Was, Controller & Yardi AdministratorIn his role as the Controller of Gaines Investment Trust, Dudley oversees the accounting operations for the entire multifamily portfolio. After graduating cum laude from Arizona State University, Dudley began his career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse & Co., and is a Certified Public Accountant and draws upon over two decades of multifamily asset and accounting management.

ISABELA RODRIGUEZ - Human Resources Coordinator

Isabela Rodriguez, Human Resources CoordinatorIsabela is a native San Diegan who launched her career with the Gaines Team in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. She was quickly promoted to Accounts Payable Specialist in 2013 and was later promoted to Human Resources Coordinator in 2015. Isabela is always eager to assist and make herself available for any questions or concerns her colleagues may have related to human resources or other matters. Additionally, she enjoys learning from her colleagues and tackling any challenges that are thrown at her. During Isabela’s free time she delights in taking walks in Downtown San Diego, discovering new eateries, and spending time with her family.

ANTHONY J. FLACK - Digital Marketing Specialist

Matt Bernstein, Learning Management Software Administrator

Anthony is our Digital Marketing Specialist, based at the corporate office in San Diego. He is responsible for all of our marketing efforts at Gaines Investment Trust. He is originally from Kansas City, and came to San Diego to escape the weather back home. Anthony graduated from Kansas State University in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Mass Communications and Journalism. He came to San Diego in early 2017, after four years in Kansas City, working for nationally known advertising agencies. Anthony brings a broad background in marketing, from traditional media, earned media, and digital media. and is excited to bring that knowledge and experience to the GIT team. He loves spending time outdoors and exploring San Diego every chance he gets.

MATTHEW T. BERNSTEIN - Customer Service Manager, LMS Administrator

Matt Bernstein, Learning Management Software AdministratorMatt is a National Asset Manager, based at the corporate office in San Diego. He is responsible for the overall operations, maintenance, and  also oversees GIT’s employee training program and contributes to employee outreach. Originally hailing from Maine, Matt graduated from Bryant University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Communications and Marketing. He came to the San Diego area early in 2016, after five years in New York City working in restaurant development. Matt brings extensive experience in management and training, and is thrilled to be a part of the GIT family. He is an avid hockey fan, enjoys playing golf, and loves to cook, especially seafood.

ANGELICA SPENCER -Operations Assistant

Matt Bernstein, Learning Management Software AdministratorAngelica is originally from Riverside, CA and moved to San Diego in 2009. After working in Real Estate law and Human Resources for 5 years, she joined GIT in 2017 as an Operations Assistant. She loves everything adventurous such as traveling, hiking, and skydiving. She also enjoys taking her Great Dane to the beach every weekend.

MATT MAULDIN - Capital Projects Manager


Matt Mauldin has been in the multi-family industry for over 20+ years. Prior to joining Gaines Investment Trust, he served as the Capital Projects Department Director for CWS Capital Partners, 35,000 units, for 7 years and at Apartment Investment and Management Company, AIMCO, 475,000 units, as Senior Construction Director for 12 years and as an outside consultant for 1 year. Matt has specialized in maintenance, capital improvement, construction, remediation programs and project management throughout his career and will add a depth of technical expertise to our organization. Matt and his wife, Lori, who is the Office Manager at a Physical Therapy office, reside in Dallas with their two dogs, Harley and Dot.

DANIELLE MILLER - Accounts Payable Supervisor and Payroll Supervisor

Danielle Miller, Accounts Payable SupervisorIn January, 2000, Danielle transplanted from Seattle, Washington to San Diego, California. Danielle has been with the company since February 2004 and started as the Administrative Assistant, moved to Accounts Payable and worked as the Bookkeeper for the first six years. Recently, her roles have changed and she is both in accounting as the Accounts Payable Supervisor and in human resources as the Payroll Supervisor.

JASON MUELLER - Portfolio Accountant

Jason Mueller, Portfolio AccountantJason began his career as an Accounting Clerk in Community Association Management, where he was quickly advanced to the position of Project Accountant. He has also practiced as an independent Accounting Consultant. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida Metropolitan University and University of Central Florida with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.

LEANN REID-HASCALL - Financial Group Administrator

Leann Reid-Hascall, Financial Group AdministratorLeAnn has been with Gaines Investment Trust for over four years in her role as the Financial Group Administrator. She is responsible for the administration of all of GIT's property, general liability, and excess lines of insurance coverage. Her background as a manager of a major National Title & Escrow Company office has enabled her to provide a valuable role supporting the Executive Vice President/CFO in connection with the acquisition, disposition, and financing of apartment communities and other real estate. She also assists him with a variety of special projects such as the management of GIT's timberland holdings in the Northwest and the implementation and enhancement of various company-wide programs and services. She also serves as the notary public for the La Jolla Office. LeAnn loves spending time with her daughter Leslie, cooking, talking, laughing, watching old movies and exploring for new trails to walk her dogs, Maggie Mae and Cooper.

DANIELLE STOKES - Deposit Accounting Specialist

Danielle Stokes, Deposit Accounting Specialist Danielle moved to San Diego in the summer of 2005 from Northern California. She loves the beach and enjoys the San Diego lifestyle. She is also a huge fitness/health enthusiast and loves lifting weights, running, biking, and boxing. Danielle has been with Gaines since May of 2005 and she really enjoys her job of Deposit Accounting Specialist as she really has a knack for it.

KELLY BRECKENRIDGE - Portfolio Accountant

Kelly Breckenridge, Portfolio AccountantKelly is a native San Diegan that really enjoys outdoor activities in the beautiful climate. She graduated from University of CA, Riverside with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, emphasis in accounting. After venturing off to Los Angeles and then into the Peace Corps, Kelly came back to San Diego to get into the "corporate world". Starting in property management as an Accounts Receivable Clerk, Kelly now has over ten years of property management and real estate accounting experience. Kelly loves interaction with on-site managers as well as the "crunching numbers" side of property management/real estate accounting. Kelly is very happy to be part of the Gaines team.

MICHELLE CARTER - Portfolio Accountant

Michelle Carter, Portfolio AccountantMichelle is a native San Diegan. She moved to Texas when she was 19 years old and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Business Administration. While putting herself through college, Michelle worked as a Bookkeeper for Herbert D. Weitzman-Grub and Ellis in Dallas, Texas. After graduating, she moved back to San Diego. Michelle was a Project Accountant at a commercial Real Estate company in San Diego for 18 years. Michelle has three sons, twin boys who are now 25 years old and her youngest, is 20 years old. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys listening to country music and attending country music concerts. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

KARLA ALRUMDHAN - Financial Group Administrative Assistant & Accounts Payable Specialist

Bio for Karla AlrumdhanKarla has 15 years experience as an Accounts Payable Clerk and works as an Administrative Assistant and Accounts Payable Specialist. She has been living in San Diego, California for the past 27 years. When she's not at work, she loves spending time with her two lovely daughters. Karla enjoys listening to music, dancing, and cooking.

DIWATA GARCIA - Accounts Payable Specialist

Bio for DIWATA GARCIAIn 2003, Diwata immigrated to Chicago from the Philippines. She moved to San Diego in 2005 and started her seven year professional career as an Accountant in property management. She also has two years of previous experience as an Accounts Payable Specialist, before starting with Gaines in 2016. Diwata enjoys family time with her two sons; watching sci-fi and action movies with her boys completes a good day in her book.

MEGHAN NELSON - Regional Manager - Tulsa/Dallas

Meghan Nelson has been in the multi-family industry for 17 years. Prior to joining Gaines Investment Trust she spent 6 years with Steadfast Management Company and held several roles including District Manager, National Sales Manager and Learning and Development Partner. Meghan, her husband Michael and daughter Delaney reside in Allen, Texas with their three dogs Lola, Fergie and Paisley. Meghan is an avid sports fan and plays softball in her spare time.

NICOLE VALENTE - In-House Recruiter

Nicole Valente has been in the multi-family industry for 20 years.  She has managed several of our Dallas portfolio properties, was promoted to Senior Property Manager, In-House Recruiter and most recently National In-House Recruiter with GIT.  Prior to joining Gaines Investment Trust, Nicole spent 9 years with Equity Residential and held roles including Property Manager, Marketing Director and Leasing Trainer.  Nicole has a passion for the property management industry and a love of helping others.  Nicole and her husband Sonny reside at Cedar Creek Lake in Texas with their daughter Gianna and their two dogs (Leo & Diesel).  She enjoys spending time on the lake with family and friends, practicing yoga, reading and painting.